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Carlisle Fringe 2018

Access At The Heart Of Fringe Festival Programme

Carlisle Fringe festival, which opens its doors in a weeks-time, is set to welcome a diverse and culture-action-packed artistic programme, brimming with theatre, comedy, music and outdoor street theatre. Free shows, cheap tickets, shows being signed, full female casts and the rights of women are among the key themes being explored in the 90 shows […]

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Vets 4 Pets

Local Veterinary Practice Vets 4 Pets Receives National Award

Vets 4 Pets Carlisle have announced that they have received the RCVS Award for ‘Outstanding Client Service’. The Client Service Award is given to practices who demonstrate high levels of care for their clients. Following a number of inspections and client surveys and lots of hard work, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recognised […]

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Wast Water

Our Lakes: Wast Water

Every bit as beautiful, but without the crowds of their more popular counterparts, the western lakes are wild, remote and home to some of the region’s most spectacular views. In a new series we explore our western lakes and what makes each one special. Sarah Sinclair jumped in at the deep end and took a […]

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Drudge: Work Hard, Play Harder

A place at the UK’s largest metal festival beckons for one of West Cumbria’s hardest-working bands. Stoner rock four-piece Drudge – comprising Michael Woods (vocals), Andrew Fitzsimmons (guitar), Unyan (bass) and John Branch (drums) – are all veterans of the West Cumbria music scene in their own right. However, after honing their sound over the […]

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Metal Detecting Cumbria

Metal Detecting Cumbria: Lost Wedding Ring? Call The MDC!

Few spouses could forgive their husbands for losing their wedding ring while out fishing – but for one Cumbrian man, the local metal detecting fraternity came to his aid. Tucker Thompson had been fishing close to Allonby on Tuesday 7th August when he realised disaster struck. “I made the daft mistake of not removing my […]

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Merlot Richardsons

You Had Me at Merlot…

With the kids off school, it’s time to reach for the Merlot, says Gerard Richardson, of Richardson’s in Whitehaven. “If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes.” Scott Lynch Ah, the age old question of how to relax when the rugrats are off school is with us again. […]

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Chambers Workington

Chambers of Workington: Your One-Stop Shop For The Home

One of the area’s longest trading family firms, Chambers of Workington, is your one-stop shop for home improvements. When it comes to all things joinery, it’s fair to say that at Chambers, it runs in the family. This local, family-run business has been passed down over five generations, with each bringing something fresh and exciting […]

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Ride Like A Girl: Meeting The First Female Blood Bikes Cumbria Chairperson

​ A local woman has made history as Cumbria Blood Bikes’ first female chairperson, but helping others is in her blood. There are few more worthy pursuits than donating time to a charity which transports vital blood and medical supplies throughout hospitals across Cumbria. For one local woman, this has meant breaking the mould to […]

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Best in Show: Agricultural Show Round-Up

The region’s agricultural shows have been at the centre of rural tradition for hundreds of years and still remain at the heart of local communities today. We’ve rounded up some of the best in show this summer. Monday 27 August – Keswick Show One of the oldest societies in Keswick, the Keswick Agricultural Society was […]

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Restoring Hardknott Forest

Wild About Cumbria: Hardknott Forest Regeneration

A new project is recruiting volunteers to help restore Hardknott Forest. Project Officer John Hodgson explains how you can get involved. The Duddon Valley is one of the more secluded of the Lake District’s valleys. It is also one of the most wooded; with it’s series of ancient oak woodlands which snake down the valley […]

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